Philadelphia, Here I Come!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 11, 2003
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera -- AFT Promotional Reel - 1974"
- Interviews: Edie Landau - Executive in Charge, The American Film Theatre
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Essay: "Brian Friel and PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic, THE VILLAGE VOICE
- AFT Scrapbook
- Trailer Gallery:
- Complete List of AFT Films
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Donal McCann & Siobhan McKenna|
|Performer:||Eamon Kelly, Liam Redmond & Siobhan McKenna|
|Directed by||John Quested|
|Written by||Brian Friel|
Based on Brian Friel's moving stage play, PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! follows Irish Gareth "Gar" O'Donnell as he prepares to emigrate to America. Gar's feelings about the impending change in his life come to life through dual actors -- Donal McCann portrays Gar's public persona and Des Cave portrays his turbulent inner emotions. Unhappy with his current life, Gar believes the move to America will provide a fresh start, as his public boasts recount. Privately, however, Gar feels rage and sorrow at the state of his life and the people who have contributed to its current state. In learning about Gar's relationships with Madge (Siobhan McKenna), a mother-figure, his cold, distant father (Eamon Kelly), and his ex-fiancee (Fidelma Murphy), we glimpse the complexities behind Gar's gradual detachment from his family and community, and the impulse to immerse himself in new, anonymous country.
America | Family Interaction | Family Life | Fathers And Sons | Ireland | Irish | Self-Discovery
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